Patrick A. Salvi, the owner of two independent league franchises and one summer collegiate league team, has won the inaugural Tommy Lasorda Legends Award. Presented by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, the Tommy Lasorda Legends Award has been created to honor contributions made to baseball. The award was announced on Monday, when the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame hosted the 9th annual Tommy Lasorda Open.
Salvi currently owns the Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League) and Gary SouthShore Railcats (independent; American Association). In addition, he controls the North Shore Navigators (summer collegiate; Futures Collegiate Baseball League).
Under Mr. Salvi’s leadership, the Schaumburg Boomers were named the Frontier League Organization of the Year in 2013 and went on to win the Frontier League Championship in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the Navigators were named the Futures Collegiate Baseball League Organization of the Year. The Railcats won their 3rd league championship in 2013 when they captured the American Association crown.
“I am thrilled to receive this award from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame,” Patrick A. Salvi said. “As an Italian American I am especially proud to be so honored. Also, I have the highest regard for Tommy Lasorda and the fact that the award is named after him makes it very special.”